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Death toll from Cyclone Idai in South Africa rises

March 25, 2019

Last week, South Africa was affected by one of the worst cyclones of the decade. The death toll due to Cyclone Idai has now risen to over 700with Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi among the worst affected.

Thousands of people have been left homeless and many are stranded waiting for help. Lack of food and water is making things worse. While authorities say the situation is getting better, there is still lots to be done.

The outbreak of disease is looming large with cases of cholera reported in some affected areas. Rescue workers are trying to reach as many people as possible to ensure help reaches on time.

Many celebrities have appealed for help, including well-known actress Emma Watson.

In the wake of #CycloneIdai, my thoughts are with Mozambique, Zimbabwe & Malawi, a beautiful country that welcomed me so warmly in 2016. As the full scale of the disaster unfolds, please show your solidarity by donating via @decappeal now.- Emma Watson, Actor

The United Nations has also stepped in with help. There is no certainty about how many people have died as flood waters have not receded. The death toll is expected to rise in the coming days. Social media users are coming together to donate to rebuilding the affected areas.

Among the celebrities to have stepped in with appeals is actor Sam Hueghen, who said, "Please help people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe affected by #CycloneIdai. The full scale of the disaster is still unfolding but we can help".

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